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Raymond Bayless hears unearthly and inconceivably beautiful celestial music

Identifier

023400

Type of Spiritual Experience

Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

A description of the experience

A Casebook of Otherworldly Music – D Scott Rogo

Mr. Bayless, as a teen-ager, has experienced the phenomenon, to which many have proffered the Pythagorean title "The Music of the Spheres." I quote his narrative in full ( in litt. Dec. 9, I968):

Case No. I - Raymond Bayless

One evening after I had gone to bed and was still awake and fully conscious (I was about thirteen years of age) I heard apparently in the distance the sound of what I believed to be a radio playing. At first the music - at the very beginning I realized that it was music I was hearing - was barely heard, but it steadily gained in volume until it was clearly and distinctly heard, and it then diminished until it faded out completely. It was impossible to estimate the duration of the incident but I would guess that no more than a few minutes actually passed. It was also impossible to locate the music in space.

I was interested in music greatly, but at the time possessed no "formal" knowledge of type or origin. ln spite of this lack, I became completely aware that the music was totally unearthly and inconceivably beautiful and majestic.

The greatest music on earth, be it Brahms or Bach, is nothing but an inharmonious jangle of crude sounds by comparison. It was literally celestial and at the time I believed it to be associated with religious matters, and I still believe this to be so. It seemed to be produced by vast numbers of players, singers; I do not know, but the sense of a great number of units was felt. I cannot say that the music was vocal or that it was instrumental; it was on an inconceivably higher level than such distinction, and all that can be said is that it was incredibly beautiful, clearly superhuman, and could not possibly originate from earthly instruments or voices. In spite of the time that has passed - I am almost forty-nine -  the memory of the experience is powerful and unforgettable'

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Celestial music

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Being a child
Relaxation

References